Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP)

The Orange Knowledge Programme is a Dutch global development programme, available in developing countries and managed by Nuffic, a Dutch non-profit organisation for internationalisation in education. Launched mid-2017, this programme aims to advance the capacity, knowledge and quality of both individuals and institutions of higher (and vocational) education. The programme is funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and it will end 31 August 2024. Radboud University offers Master's programmes that are eligible for the OKP. Radboud University does not offer short courses for OKP.

Application round 2 for 2023 will open 28 June 2023 and close 5 September 2023, 16:00 CEST. This application round will only be open for one-year Master’s programmes with a start in February 2024.

About the OKP

The Orange Knowledge Programme promotes capacity building within organisations in 52 countries by providing training and education through scholarships for professionals.

The overall aim of the OKP is to help increase both the number and the competencies of skilled staff at a wide range of governmental and non-governmental organisations. You have to be nominated by your employer to be eligible for the scholarship. There also has to be a clear need for training within the context of your organisation. After completing your training you return to your original workplace, and this ensures the training is embedded within your organisation.

General information about OKP can be found here.

Who is the OKP for?

The OKP target group consists of professionals who are nationals of, and work and live in, an OKP country. The chances of obtaining an OKP scholarship increase if you live and work in Sub-Saharan Africa and/or if you are a woman.

The allowance is a contribution towards your costs of living, the costs of tuition fees, visas, travel, insurance and thesis research.

Eligible programmes

Eligible Master's programmes and specialisations at Radboud University are:




If you have any other questions regarding the Orange Knowledge Programme, please send an email to scholarships [at] (scholarships[at]ru[dot]nl).

Eligible countries or regions
Bangladesh, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Colombia, Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Indonesia, Iraq, Jemen, Jordania, Kenya, Lebanon, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Uganda, Palestinian Territories, Rwanda, Senegal, Sudan, Somailia, Tanzania, Tunisa, Vietnam, South Sudan, South Africa

On the Orange Knowledge Programme website you can find specific criteria and general information.

How to apply

In order to apply for the OKP you must first apply for the Master's programme of your choice. However, you do not need to wait until you have been officially accepted to study at Radboud University before you apply for the OKP. You can apply for the OKP as soon as you have applied for an eligible Master's programme.

However, it would be strongly advisable to apply for a Master's programme well in advance of the OKP deadline. This because you must be accepted by the university at the end of the deadline.

Your OKP application will require a statement from your employer. You can download a document with the required format for employer's statements by clicking here (docx, 33 kB). You may also require a government statement. A document with the required format for government statements and more information can be downloaded by clicking here (docx, 46 kB).

Please note: Only if you meet all necessary requirements can you begin the OKP application procedure at Radboud University.

Apply here

The deadline for application is 5 September 2023, 16:00 CEST. Please make sure to apply for a Master’s programme at Radboud University well before this deadline.
Selection procedure

If a candidate meets the requirements his or her application will be assessed. The Netherlands Embassy and NUFFIC will eventually decide. You will be informed by Radboud University about the outcome of the selection procedure by email.